云中歌 Song in the Clouds – 桐华 (BE)

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Boundless gold sea of sand, snow white Tian Shan camel, I am clothed in a green silk dress, eyes bright and with a faint smile. The prayers of a thousand mountains and a million waters, is not for this lifetime’s company, but for reunion in the next life…

She is the wolf girl’s daughter, she is also Huo Qu Bing’s precious treasure,  she is the green silk dress in the dessert, she is also the Ju Gong Zi of Chang An city. He is the deep, farsighted wise Han Zhao Emperor. He is the clever and mysterious Meng fox. Each only unintentionally giving away a pearl embroidered shoe in youthful ignorance, what kind of love-hate-passion-vengence “Song in the Clouds” will be stirred into existence?

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41 Responses

  1. joyyyeo
    joyyyeo August 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm |

    I’m surprised the discussion here is empty! Let me start the ball rolling then 🙂

    I couldn’t like this novel. There, I’ve said it. Yet I savored over it, cried alongside it and my heart bled till the last drop. Because it started out as something but ended very differently from how it started. Its titled 雲中歌 but somehow I don’t feel that it was a story on clouds, song or even Yun Ge! Yes, she’s the daughter of my beloved Jin Yu and Huo QuBing (my favourite couple in Tong Hua’s novel simply because they were freaking functional!) and yes the title supposedly has the words to name but I just don’t see how she is the main character. She did absolutely nothing! In fact I even feel Huo Cheng Jun did more and had more character development than Yun Ge!

    I was totally spent when I eventually finished the book. What I had expected to be a reunion became a separation. I had thought the story revolves around Yun Ge and Liu Fu Ling but I was proven wrong again. But that’s the beauty of Tong Hua’s storytelling – it doesn’t bring you to where you want to go but where she wants to go. At the end of the journey, I think I came to terms with the entire process – I may not have wanted to end up there but i guess it was the best ending Tong Hua had thought out. There’s a Chinese saying “虚无"and that was what I felt after finishing this book.

    Last I just want to end by saying that my favorite character is actually Xu Ping Jun. For being so resilient yet so true to herself, for being so sacrificial for the ones she love and for having such a beautiful soul despite the things life threw at her. Liu Che didn’t deserve her but Liu Bing Yi did, and that’s all mattered to her

    Sorry for the long post. So apparently a book which can’t make me like it still evokes so much afterthoughts

  2. joyyyeo
    joyyyeo August 15, 2012 at 5:43 am |

    Ya I know how you felt. I read up on the Han Dynasty history after finishing both this book and Da Mo Yao simply because of how Tong Hua weaved in history with fiction =)

    I will want to disagree that Yun Ge catalysed the events in the book. Maybe so for Liu Fu Ling because he loved her so selflessly, although we can argue that basically what he did was selfless, be it for Yun Ge or for his people. What fueled Meng Jue and Liu Che was pure ambition. Yes, Meng Jue did love Yun Ge but we can’t deny that his initial intention was to use her to reach his purpose. It was until I read Tong Hua’s letter to him then I can fully understand and accept him as… him.

    And where do I start on Liu Che? As much as he sort of justified (thru one conversation with Meng Jue) his intentions & actions stemmed from how much he wants his son to lead a life different from his, I still found his eventual actions as selfish and self-gratifying.
    I actually like how the final chapter ended because it’s so satisfying on my end to read about his ending. Okay, that sounds mean…

  3. joyyyeo
    joyyyeo August 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm |

    Hah! I didn’t even receive my mistake until u pointed it out! All my night reading up on Han dynasty = fail!!

    Have u read Tong Hua’s letter to Liu Fu Ling?? She’s so in love with him that she’s so broken over the lack of his literary works. I love seeing him through her eyes instead of through Yun Ge’s eyes (though theoretically that was through Tong Hua’s eyes too)

  4. chancy426
    chancy426 August 22, 2012 at 7:56 pm |

    I hope it’s a happy ending. She should do a happy sad happy sad pattern, that way we won’t be in too much pain. Wonder who this book will be about.

  5. joyyyeo
    joyyyeo August 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm |

    chancy426:
    She almost had a kid with Liu Fu Ling, but Meng Jue forced her to abort it. I think the Liu Bing Yi forced him to?

    I say that Meng Jue was protecting her. Should Yun ge usually deliver the child, Liu xun might kill her too

  6. joyyyeo
    joyyyeo August 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm |

    Peanuts:
    You assumed MJ died only:P The book didn’t explicitly say he died, no funeral & no corpse. Btw, I am not 100% sure the book didn’t say he died, just that I didn’t hear that part so I take it as such, haha..He was shot by arrows & fell into the stream. There is hope he is still alive:)

    That is because TH loves HQB more than Ling gege which is in my opinion. If she wants, she could also fake the death of Ling gege & let him have a happy ending with YG. Author is also human. Like us, after we read a sad story, we’ll want to read the next happy one.

    Hmmm I don’t know. I actually thought she loves Liu Fu ling and Meng Jue more than Huo Qu bing. She did write somewhere that she couldn’t believed that xiao Huo was a person who would pass on so young in life thus she re-wrote his “ending” in da mo Yao.

    For Liu Fu ling… I think she accepted his early passing? Even though she did have her doubts on why someone as smart as him did not leave a more open will behind. Why I think she likes him more is in how she hated the little of him which history has records of… She was lamenting on how hard it was to find his literary works in her letter to him which I thought was so sweet. If someone we love dies, we would surely want a piece of him to stay with us, which was what i felt Tong Hua wanted from Liu Fu ling

  7. Joanna
    Joanna September 27, 2013 at 5:15 am |

    Chen Xiao is Liu Bing Yi, so I gonna ship him, lol.

    I love Chen Xiao but I must admit that I was initially more excited about YZG drama when he was supposedly originally cast as Liu Fu Ling (my Ling gege!! <3). But Liu Bing Yi = more screen time & more fanservice for us fangirls.

    uuughs, not hating on the drama adaptation but I get the feeling that Yu Zheng might have done it again and ruined another drama. No offense, but Angelababy cannot act for one thing. And Du Chun is neither good-looking, mesmerizing, nor charismatic enough to be Meng Jue! Lu Yi as Liu Fu Ling? Biggest disappointment! He looks nowhere to be 20 years old…

  8. Peanuts
    Peanuts September 27, 2013 at 5:28 am |

    I like my Ling gege too but he died so Liu Bing Yi is better as he lives & gets to become the emperor. Anyway YZ is not gonna follow the book closely so the drama Ling gege is probably not as swoon worthy as the book Ling gege.

    Yup Baby cannot act but at least she is pretty to look at, lol. Since Chen Xiao is not Ling gege, I can fast fwd her storyline with Ling gege & MJ to concentrate on CX, lol. I’ve never liked YZ casts except CX & ZLY.

  9. jadebunny9
    jadebunny9 October 3, 2013 at 5:59 am |

    I was so deadset on Chen Xiao and Zhao Liying being Ling Gege and Yun Ge that it was so heartbreaking. While I’m ok with Angelababy being Yun Ge (at least she looks the part, and knowing Yu Zheng, it could have been much much worse), Du Chun as Meng Jue was super fail and Lu Yi was NOT the Ling Gege I had in mind. I don’t think I’ll be watching when it comes out…not gonna destroy my mental image of these characters. I will have to say that Yang Rong as Huo Chengjun is an amazing choice. Wow that woman can look evil and gorgeous at the same time.

    Seriously, Chen Xiao and Yang Rong are the only two from Yu Zheng’s studio that I like. They really should get away from him if they want to be taken seriously as artists.

  10. Bormey
    Bormey October 6, 2013 at 4:12 am |

    I really love this book although my tear drop on every pages. However, i think that it’s the best way for Yun Ge to keep her love in her heart!

    Remember when Ling Ge Ge led Yun Ge to climb the mountain to see the first view of sunrise. When Yun Ge is at the top, Ling Ge Ge isn’t yet. Yun Ge cried for him to hurry up and wanted to drag him up but he refuse. He wants her to stay there looking at the beautiful view of the 1st time that the sun rise up, saying that if she go down to help him up then both of them will miss the sunrise together and their effort for climbing is useless. She should watch it herself and then she can tell him about it later.

    It’s the way Yun Ge used her life after his death. She wants to travels around the world, write receip book, and remember all the view around her then she can tell what she saw, what she did to her Ling Ge Ge later on……

    The one I doubt is that Tong Hua wrote her 3 novels in the same way. Bu bu jing xin, Da mo yao, and Yun zhong ge! The protagonist is a girl who is a happy and kind-hearted but careless in some ways. She began immature days by days and the main character boy is a cold heart man and always change his expression with the main girl role.

    One more thing, TH set the girl fall in love with one by one and it’s cleared that she will broke her heart before she love the second and the 2nd man she loved will be her choice in her entire life. Anyone who think about this?

  11. Peanuts
    Peanuts November 2, 2013 at 2:39 am |

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA1pujSldKY

    The first preview is out & it looks really good but have to wait until next summer:( Although I hate Yumama, most of his dramas are really eye-candy. Wah, somemore got English subtitles. Chen Xiao is featured so prominently, those who didn’t read the novel will think he is the lead. When I read the book, I dislike his character but I bet I will like him the most in the drama, lol. YMM really knows which side his bread is buttered on:P OMG, my poor MJ looks so old & his streak of white hair looks so distracting. Does he have that in the book?

    Trailer 2

  12. jadebunny9
    jadebunny9 November 2, 2013 at 7:51 am |

    Peanuts, I do believe MJ is described as having a streak of white hair in the novel, but I imagined it to be hotter than what we’ve been seeing. Let’s just say that I’m really only happy with the casting of Angelababy, Liu Bingyi (sorta, though I still think Chen Xiao would have made a GREAT Liu Fuling), and Huo Chengjun. I don’t know what Zhao Liying’s cameo role would be like, but gosh she looks absolutely beautiful in her costume. She would have also worked as Yunge.

  13. Eugene
    Eugene November 4, 2013 at 5:10 am |

    @ Jadebunny9, I think Zhao Li Ying’s character is created by Yu Zheng. I have never seen the character name throughout the entire story. I also think that Chen Xiao would fit the role of Liu Fu Ling, but watching the trailer, I think Lu Yi is not bad to play my Ling ge’ge. Also, the story did mention that Liu Fu Ling and Liu Xun have some common features. That’s why Yun Ge mistook Liu Xun as Liu Fu Ling when she first saw him and I think Lu Yi and Chen Xiao are kinda alike each other. According family tree, Liu Fu Ling is Liu Xun’s grand uncle . So, I think both of them fit the role very well. Angelababy is exactly what I imagine of how Yun Ge look like. I think this will be a great drama to watch unless Yu Zheng again changes the plots and lets Yun Ge end up with Meng Jue.

  14. Ap
    Ap November 8, 2013 at 10:21 pm |

    @Eugene
    Better that than having her ending up with Liu Xun… :\ from the trailer they look like the main couple while Liu Fu Ling seem like an after thought… 🙁 my poor Lin gege!!!

  15. Eugene
    Eugene November 9, 2013 at 6:04 am |

    Ap:
    @Eugene
    Better that than having her ending up with Liu Xun… :\ from the trailer they look like the main couple while Liu Fu Ling seem like an after thought… my poor Lin gege!!!

    I don’t think she will ever end up with Liu Xun. I would rather have YunGe ended up traveling alone than having her ending up with Meng Jue. What Meng Jue has done whether intentionally or unintentionally, he’s still the one forcing her to get abortion and also causing the death of Liu Fu Ling. Just like Yun Ge told Meng Jue “In this lifetime, I can’t forget Ling ge’ge. If you truly want me to start over again, then let me go freely! If you follow me, I eventually unconsciously will remember that you and Huo Cheng Jun forced me to drink the medicine, and the aloeswood incense you made. In this large world, I definitely can find my own peacefulness.”

  16. Peanuts
    Peanuts November 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm |

    Come on we are talking abt yumama here. I believe he can make the impossible possible. He has no respect to the original novel, judging from his adaptation of Jing yong’s novels.

    He filmed 4 endings so let see which one will be used. I like ling gege and MJ equally so I don’t mind YG ending up with MJ. One should forgive and forget to move on in life. What MJ did was not malicious or unforgivable. He has YG’s best interest at heart eventhough the execution is all wrong. MJ is really a very pitiful greyish character. Although ling gege died, he has YG’s love and companionship in his lifetime.

  17. Eugene
    Eugene November 9, 2013 at 10:45 pm |

    Peanuts:
    Come on we are talking abt yumama here. I believe he can make the impossible possible. He has no respect to the original novel, judging from his adaptation of Jing yong’s novels.

    I know. That’s Yu Zheng. But I remember an interview with Tong Hua when she was asked Yu Zheng is famous for his plot changing and if there is any changes from the original novel to adaptation. She said that she has talked to Yu Zheng about the issue and he agreed to keep much of the original story. Some plots might possibly slightly change but I don’t think he will change the whole story.

  18. jadebunny9
    jadebunny9 November 12, 2013 at 7:08 am |

    I used to dislike Meng Jue a lot, but after thinking about things from his end, I do feel really bad for him. If it wasn’t for Ling Gege being written so awesomely the way he was, most of us would have jumped on MJ’s ship from beginning to end. He’s actually a lot like other main male leads in other novels where as a flawed character, he made mistakes but tried to redeem himself. The only difference is in this case, he failed to get her at the end. I disagree with some of the things he did, but it doesn’t mean that he doesn’t love Yunge as much as Ling Gege did, nor does it mean that he doesn’t deserve her.

  19. Questions987
    Questions987 March 24, 2014 at 12:46 am |

    Any chance of someone picking up translations on this? There’s only a few chapters left and it’s killing me to not know.

  20. Thuy
    Thuy March 26, 2014 at 10:45 pm |

    Yes. Can someone please finish the translation. Whether it’s a chapter per week or so as long as it’s done. Pretty please. Koala and sparksey stopped but links are in previous comments to know where to start from.

  21. Peanuts
    Peanuts August 18, 2014 at 5:48 am |

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hacU-r6WTqc

    Chen Xiao is the 3rd male lead in the novel but why the MV is on him only? Bongsd must have done something to the MV:P It’ll be broadcast on the 12th of Nov so are you excited lol?

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  23. KMR
    KMR November 4, 2015 at 1:09 pm |

    A lot a people only see things from MJ’s perspective. I personally did not like him as I think not everything can be redeemable just because of feelings. Yun Ge lost her child without her consent, and lost her love by him being poisoned. Those are not things you can ever forget. Who can forget losing their loved ones? It’s a pain that stays with you forever. I like that in the end she chose to forgive and move on, not forgive and end up with MJ. Yes every time she sees him she’ll remember her baby and Ling Ge Ge which is understandable. Anyone in her shoes would react the same.
    I think MJ doesn’t deserve her, and he did not love her as much as LFL. The way he loved her was totally different than the way LFF loved her, Ling GeGe never harmed her intentionally, so it’s unfair to make their love the same. Yes MJ ended up loving YG, but just because he loves her doesn’t mean he should end up with her, especially when some things he did are not redeemable in my opinion.
    In life you can forgive anything, but not anything can be erased let alone forgotten.

  24. asdf
    asdf November 23, 2015 at 9:49 am |

    It is not that people only see from MJ’s perspective but they they can sympathize with his complex character. You can’t compare the love between LFL x Yun Ge with MF x Yun Ge. Some of MF’s actions are questionable and makes you doubt him but that is not to say he is undeserving of Yun Ge’s love. In a sense you can’t compare the male leads’ love towards Yun Ge. They are fundamentally different people and have motivations and history. It is easy to love LFL and hard to understand MF (but you learn to love him either way). I felt that personally there is nothing that MF committed against Yun Ge that was “irredeemable” or incapable of forgiveness.

    Personally, i dont begrudge Yun Ge’s decision but i wish she wasn’t so consumed by her love for LFL.

  25. Nancy
    Nancy December 15, 2015 at 3:51 am |

    Will anyone pick up the story and continue to translation this book i love it i read it all the time and cry like crazy every time.

  26. Alexis
    Alexis January 6, 2017 at 6:56 pm |

    Anyone knows where to listen to the complete AudioBook?? There’s many versions on the Internet and I’m really confused which site has the complete AudioBook for this book. Please help! Thanks 🙂

  27. Peanuts
    Peanuts January 7, 2017 at 8:02 am |

    The audiobook link on this page is the best version so be patient and wait for them to finish it.

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